After his first year starting for the Kansas City Chiefs, quarterback Patrick Mahomes took home two impressive awards from the NFL Honors ceremony on Saturday. Mahomes, who was picked tenth overall in 2017 by Kansas City, was named both Offensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player.
The 23-year-old QB is the youngest player to win Most Valuable Player since Dan Marino, who won it at age 22 in 1984. Mahomes now holds the record for second youngest MVP.
During his acceptance speech, the star player credited God first and foremost.
“This season was special and there were a lot of people that helped me get to this point,” he said. “First, I just want to thank God because without Him none of this would even be here.”
"This is just the beginning. We have a long ways to go."
Patrick Mahomes' MVP acceptance speech 💯
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) February 3, 2019
“Next,” he said, “I want to thank my family. My mom and dad, my brother and sister, who aren’t here. And my rock Britney, who keeps this show rolling every day.”
Mahomes also shared his excitement on Twitter, declaring, “God is amazing!”
“Thank you to everyone who has supported me and helped me get here!
#ChiefsKindgom thank you for your passion but this is just the beginning!” he wrote.
Man this is crazy! God is amazing! Thank you to everyone who has supported me and helped me get here! #ChiefsKindgom thank you for your passion but this is just the beginning!
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) February 3, 2019
Mahomes has never been shy about his faith, talking to ESPN and other major outlets last year about how important it is to him.
“My faith has always been a big part of what I do,” he told ESPN last year. “I’ve grown up in church and [faith] really helps, you know, why you’re playing the game, and who you’re doing it for.”
According to The Ringer, Mahomes decided he wanted to be baptized when he was in seventh grade because, according to his mom, he desired to “become a man in church.”
Mahomes threw for 5,000 yards and some 50 touchdowns this season, making him the second player in NFL history to do so.
The Chiefs made it to the division title, securing the No. 1 spot in the AFC, only to be defeated by would-be Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots.